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Assessment Spotlight, Issue 126

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) email update, February 19, 2021.

Focusing on the CAASPP System and English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California’s other statewide assessments. For questions related to test administration, coordination, and trainings, visit the CAASPP website External link opens in new window or tab. and the ELPAC website External link opens in new window or tab..

Feedback Needed This Week on Testing Window Options

The California Department of Education (CDE) needs your feedback! Working with Educational Testing Service, we are collecting information on testing window options for the 2020–21 CAASPP and Summative ELPAC via a brief online survey External link opens in new window or tab.. We are asking that the superintendent, CAASPP coordinator, or ELPAC coordinator of each local educational agency (LEA) respond to the survey before 5 p.m. on Friday, February 19.

Please note that your participation despite the short turnaround time will be very much appreciated; the information from the survey will be used to inform decisions about testing window options as well as the additional supports that could be provided to LEAs. We thank you in advance!

CDE Assessment Update Webinar Coming in March

Another opportunity for CAASPP and ELPAC coordinators to hear directly from the CDE is coming next month. Join us for an Assessment Update webinar on March 24 at 2 p.m., featuring a timely update on assessments, provided by CDE staff, and an interactive Q&A session. To register, please visit the webinar registration web page External link opens in new window or tab.. We hope to see you there!

Teacher Training: Using the Hand Scoring Process to Inform Teaching and Learning

Spots are filling fast, but more openings have been created for the online 2020–21 Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshop for Teachers—including the remaining February workshops for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Participants will engage in the process of hand scoring Smarter Balanced assessment items as a way to deepen their understanding of the content standards, strengthen their evaluation of student work, and promote the use of student results to inform teaching and learning.

For details and to register, go the 2020–21 Interim Assessment Hand Scoring Workshop web page External link opens in new window or tab.. For further information, contact Nikki Antonovich, Coordinator, Sacramento County Office of Education, by email at

The CDE needs your help in getting word of this training opportunity to teachers across California. Please pass this information along to the teachers at your school or district.

ELPAC Question of the Week

Q: For students participating in remote test administrations, are LEAs required to send (1) the Summative ELPAC Parent and Guardian Notification Letter and (2) the spring administration Parent/Guardian Notification Letter External link opens in new window or tab.?

A: For the Summative ELPAC, letter 1 is optional, and letter 2 is required only if the LEA is planning to administer the test remotely. LEAs may choose to send both or combine the information they contain into a single letter if planning for the remote administration of all assessments. These letters are available in English and have been translated into seven additional languages.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 22, 2021
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